ALTON — The inaugural For the Love of Art festival is set for 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11, outside of Chez Marilyn, 119 W. Third St.
Designed as an avenue for Riverbend artists to showcase their talents, the festival was organized by the team behind Bishop Arts LLC — Jake Bishop, who handles the artistic direction; and Kenny Lenhardt, who manages business affairs.
Partnering with Chez Marilyn, Bishop Arts’ event will feature 20 to 30 artists, including Kevin Pickard and Renee Canetta, and will include live music live provided by Graham Pagano and food and beverages from area restaurants.
Bishop wants to remind people that many may immediately think of the St. Louis area when it comes to artistic endeavors, forgetting that many talented and aspiring artists live in Greater Alton. As someone who has been involved with the arts community for years, Bishop says he has seen artists struggle to get gallery time because of the limited amount of space and the inability to get recognized.
Operating online as opposed to an office location allows the team to keep prices low.
“We do events often in the Alton area,” Bishop said. “We partner with a business and bring them business, and we get to do the event in return.”
The event’s sponsors include Old Bakery Beer, Picture This & More, Robert T. Wheatley D.D.S., Chez Marilyn, Bishop Arts and Abbey Inc. Graphic Design and Support Services.
Pieces will be available for purchase at the event, and artists will present demonstrations.
“It’s so people see that it’s not just paint by numbers, like some of them think,” he said.
The duo hopes to make the festival an annual event.
Artists and art lovers alike are welcome at the festival.
For information, call (618) 792-7511 or (618) 980-3936.
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